The freaks flags will, once again, fly: Burger Boogaloo, the annual DIY punk festival hosted by Southern California label Burger Records, has released the initial lineup for its 11th annual gathering in Oakland’s Mosswood Park on July 11 and 12. Reliable as death or at least taxes, cult filmmaker, visual artist, and so-dubbed ‘sultan of sleaze’ John Waters will once again host the event, his sixth time doing so since 2015.
Headlining the festival is groundbreaking Riot grrl outfit Bikini Kill, who made a somewhat unexpected reunion this year with a series of sold-out shows on both coasts, marking the band’s first proper gigs together in 22 years. The reunion even surprised frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, who admitted in a recent interview with Pitchfork that she’s eating her own words after previously saying it would be a cold day in hell before she played with Bikini Kill again.
As for Bikini Kill’s last appearance in the Bay Area? That was a double-header at the Warfield with Sonic Youth and The Amps in the fall of 1995. So, you know, it’s been a while.
Bikini Kill is not, however, the only major reunion on the Boogaloo lineup. Also reuniting is Circle Jerks, the West Coast hardcore outfit formed by Black Flag singer Keith Morris and Redd Kross guitarist Greg Hetson in 1979. Morris, Hetson, and bassist Zander Schloss are all involved in the reunion, intended to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band’s 1980 debut Group Sex, now considered something of a stone-cold hardcore punk classic.
Also notable within the first wave of the Burger Boogaloo lineup: pioneering queercore band Pansy Division, Belgian new wave weirdo Plastic Bertrand, punk godmother Alice Bag, and San Francisco-bred post-hardcore fringe outfit Flipper.The festival is currently offering discounted tickets as part of a holiday special coinciding with the announcement. Tickets and prices are available here.